New Houses Shrinking By Request | KCUR

New Houses Shrinking By Request

Mar 19, 2013

As the economy drags, the size of homes is diminishing… and it’s by consumer demand.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with author Sarah Susanka about why American families are feeling more at home with less room and check in with Patrick Willis of Willis Construction, who is putting these new designs on the map in Kansas City.

HEAR MORE: Sarah Susanka is a headline presenter at this weekend's Greater Kansas City Home Show at Bartle Hall. Click here for more information.

Sarah Susanka is an architect and author of Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live. Her “build better, not bigger” approach to residential design has received national media attention, with appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Charlie Rose Show, and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. Susanka lives in North Carolina. Her website is

Patrick Willis is co-owner of Willis Construction, Inc., a custom home building company in the Kansas City area.